Guidance for the Young
1 My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands;
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart,
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
9 Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the first fruits of all your increase;
11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction;
13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding;
15 She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.
19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens;
21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes— Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
23 Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor, For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
31 Do not envy the oppressor, And choose none of his ways;
33 The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the home of the just.
35 The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools.
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